Flushed Away

Dan Movie Reviews

Flushed Away is Aarman Animation’s inaugural foray in to the world of computer animated films. The story is pretty basic – Roddy (Hugh Jackman) is a pet rat who lives a life of luxury in his adopted home. When Sid (Shane Richie) makes an unwelcome arrival from the sewers, Roddy tries to dispatch him – but in the process is flushed down the toilet. Now stuck in the world beneath the streets, Roddy encounters all manner of creatures, including a whole rodent city where he encoutners Rita (Kate Winslet), a tough cookie who is trying to escape the evil clutches of Toad (Ian McKellan). Toad has a plan to wipe out the rodent city, and with his henchment Spike (Andy Serkis) and Whitey (Bill Nighy) they try to get the necessary key to their plan – which was stolen by Rite and Roddy.

The film was fun, if not a tad predictable at times. There was never a dull moment, but it did have the obligatory change-of-heart scene where Roddy decides to give up on his dream of returning home to his penthouse, and help Rita save the city instead. No surprise there! Jean Reno shows up in a delightful turn as “Le Frog”, a French assassin. Let the French jokes ensue (and oh, how they do)! There are a few musical sequences, but the slugs easily steal those moments. (You’ll have to see it to know what I mean.)

The animation style was really interesting – it was computer rendered, but for all intents and purposes, it was a stop-motion animated film. In fact, if you look closely, you can see fingerprints on some of the models as they move! It was a fresh look to a CGI film, so I was very happy about that. The score was written by Harry Gregson-Williams, who has a lot of fun with it, with bold themes and large orchestral underscore. Unfortunately, the soundtrack album is full of songs, with only a tease of some of the score.

Flushed Away might be Aardman Animations first venture into the realm of CGI-animated films, but they have a long history of quality animated films – and with a solid (if not a tad predictable) story, good voice acting, and plenty of fun jokes, this film is worth checking out.